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Barry Dov Katz
Barry Dov Katz
Rabbinic Leadership Initiative Cohort VII

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz has served the Bronx community at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR) since 1998. At CSAIR, he works with lay leaders to build a vibrant urban synagogue known for its welcome, educational programs, and vibrant Shabbat community. Special areas of focus for him over the last several years have been inclusion of people with special needs, welcoming LGBT individuals and families, and forming a social group for Jewish 20’s and 30’s in the Bronx. Since 2007, Rabbi Katz has served as an Adjunct Lecturer of Professional and Pastoral Skills at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Under Rabbi Katz’ leadership, CSAIR forge an identity as a “teaching shul” where rabbinical students serve as interns, learning about congregational life and enriching the community with their passion and skills. He taught at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires for many summers and, most recently, coordinated the work of the Israeli Mishlachat. Rabbi Katz is active in interfaith work in the Bronx and has partnered with Jewish leaders in Riverdale to help create positive relationships between the synagogue communities. Rabbi Katz was recognized by Tablet Magazine as one of “15 American Rabbis You Haven’t Heard Of, But Should;” in September 2014. In 2015, he was named by the Forward Newspaper as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.”